Chapter 70 Apple Jack's Quest and a Certain Blue Pony Box
Apple Jack's eyes fluttered as she felt her hooves touch the ground. She quickly lit the two lanterns, and reached deep inside her mind and pulled the familiar whip out. As she did her Knight's armor appeared once again, "Ah reckon Ah don't have much time with the armor since Ah didn't train much with it... so Ah'll use what Ah can of it and leave the rest to the lanterns" she muttered. She looked around and realized she was just outside of the now decimated White Tail Woods. She looked around the dark inky land scape, "hmm... mah best chance would be to find the Shaman Council and ask if they know anythin" she nodded to herself as she retraced her steps back to the exit of the Council's secret underground network.
Sol Lune watched as the Knights took out groups of Omegas and suddenly turned to the Heaven's Fang as Fang suddenly yelled out in surprise, "THERE IT IS!" Fang was pointing a hoof at a circular object with strange markings on the ground. Sol Lune looked at it and asked, "what is it?" "It's the Eclipse Sigil! It must have been released when Ponopolise was leveled!" Fang's spirit hovered over it, "if I only had my body...." Fang cursed under his breath, "where is that darn Doctor? I thought he said he'd..." <vooorrpp... voooorrrp.... voooorppp> a creaking and raspy sound cause Sol Lune to jump up in surprise as a large blue box with a light bulb sitting on top of it appeared in front of them. There were two doors with windows on them and one of them opened up. A brown earth pony with a slightly darker brown mane poked his face out and looked around, "ahhh! yes this is the place!" he exclaimed and turned his view to Sol Lune and the spirit of Fang. Fang grinned sheepishly at the earth pony who narrowed his eyes at him, "I told you NOT to touch that purple lever... but noooooooooooooo! You had to go all crazy hooves and pull it in 5 different directions, my other assistants were never so grabby touchy!" to which Fang laughed and said in response"oh common, Doctor! it was all in the name of science!" the Doctor rolled his eyes and sighed "Common then, I am taking you BACK to your dimention, since you have apparently found what you were looking for here! You cannot stay here for too much longer or there will be some nasty side effects in the time line" the Doctor held up a limp alicorn body which had a smirk on it's face. "Oh hey! you took care of my body!" Fang clapped his hooves together and went from the sword to the body. The sword suddenly shocked Sol Lune's hoof and he quickly let it go. Fang winced a little at Sol Lune who looked back up at him, "hehe... sorry about that...." Fang said as he trotted over to the sword and picked it up. He spun it around skillfully and sheathed it in it's scabbard. The Doctor grabbed Fang's shoulder, "GO, WE, NOW" to which Fang shook his head, "no... we need to do one more thing before I go back" he said as he picked up the sigil, "this world doesn't have a 'me' and Pinkie Pie is in trouble". The Doctor face hoofed and gritted his teeth and growled, "you do realize the more we interfere here the bigger the chance is that this dimention might just shatter into a billion peices?" "please?" Fang asked "....blimy, next time I should regenerate into somepony with angry eyebrows, and then MAYBE ponies might listen to me...angry and old" the Doctor massaged his temples as he motioned for Fang to go in through the doors. Sol Lune watched as the other door to the blue box opened, reveiling a large room inside. The Doctor watched as Sol Lune's eyes opened wide and smirked as he said "all together now?". Sol Lune whispered "it's bigger... on the inside". Fang turned back to Sol Lune, "it was good traveling with you, hopefully we'll see eachother again my friend!" "Thanks for helping us out Fang, and I wish you luck in rescuing Pinkie!" Sol Lune nodded, "we'll hold down the fort on this side". Fang bowed as the doors closed to the blue box which started to wheeze and creek again before it disappeared from it's spot. Sol Lune saw a group of Omegas heading towards him, "time to get down to business!" Sol Lune took out his lance once more and charged.
-------The Entrance to the Shaman Council-------
Apple Jack looked at the small stone door that stood before her and knocked on it with a hoof. A familiar voice answered the door, "lady Apple Jack I presume, I knew you would be here soon". The door opened and Apple Jack entered, "thanks fer lettin me in Zecora" she said as she hugged Zecora, "for a friend it is not a problem, tell me what is the plan you have thought of that brings you back to our sanctum?". Apple Jack explained the situation the Zecora as they walked down the halls and narrow passageways of the underground Council. After Apple Jack had finished telling Zecora about the situation she nodded and replied, "Darkness Horizon must have attacked Tiger's statue and it is definate that you must go to his rescue. Come with me Apple Jack, I will show you a gate from which you can sneak in and attack!" she motioned for Apple Jack to follow. The two came to large spacious room, one with a large gate with magical markings. Apple Jack sized the door up and whistled, "that's a large door if Ah ever saw one..." "This gate leads to the underground Celler of Canterlot Castle, it was used long ago in a very famous battle" Zecora explained, "the Knights that had the elements of harmony, pushed back the darkness army". Apple Jack closed her eyes and materialized her armor. Zecora's eyes widened, "my goodness, you surprise me Apple Jack, you have learned a few tricks before you came back!" to which Apple Jack smiled, "well... mah husband is a Knight after all.. and we needed all the help we could get, and Ah ain't gonna jus sit around doin nothin". Zecora slowly moved towards the door as she started to chant in a foregin tounge. Her hoof touched the door and there was a rumble. Large invisible chains started to pull away from the door as it slowly creaked open. Zecora had finished her chant and looked back at Apple Jack, "this is as far as I can go... I must defend the counsil too, you must know". Apple Jack trotted over and hugged Zecora again, "thank you so very much Zecora", "tis not a problem Apple Jack, take this talisman for your journey back, it is a trinket you see to help you through this door with ease" Zecora said as she put a talisman necklace over Apple Jack's neck. Apple Jack thanked Zecora and trotted through the opening. The door rumbled and closed behind her, "alright, if the Knights could push back the darkness so can Ah!" Apple Jack said as she started to gallop forward but stopped in her tracks as she heard a strange noise that echoed through the tunnel she was in. <vooorrpp...vooorrrppp .... vooooorrrppp> Apple Jack's ears twitched and her eyes grew wide as she saw a large blue box materialize in front of her. The doors to the blue box opened and the Doctor looked out the doors, "ah yes, this would be the place, now remember you unruley alicorn you... save miss Pinkie Pie but don't rush into anything! This time line is fragile and if you do anything rash you will crush it! Oh hey it's a pony, aw yes wonderful, they do come in all sorts of colors here don't they, simply wonderful". Apple Jack looked up at the Doctor with a confused look and jumped slightly as Fang's head popped out beside his, "well that's a surprise! Well met AJ!" "Yer... Fang right? What are ya'll doin here and who's that feller?" Apple Jack asked, "I'm here to save Pinkie, this is the Doctor and he's a time lard, what about you? Shouldn't you be back in haven with Tiger?" Fang asked as the Doctor growled and yelled "TIME LORD!". Apple Jack shook her head, "sumthin happened to Tiger and Ah couldn't sit around doin nuthin, so Ah decided to go and help everypony". The Doctor smiled, "so couragious this one is, I'm starting to think that maybe being a pony isn't so bad" he said as he looked at his hooves, "right then, on your bike Fang, and REMEMBER WHAT I TOLD YOU! NOTHING RASH... and be quick about it! Now I must go save my assistant from the Vashda Nirada, blimy being a Time Lord even in pony form is busy, right then Allon Ze!" Fang was pushed out of the blue box and it started to dematerialize. Fang stood up and dusted himself off, "he is kinda strange but he's a pretty awesome guy" Fang grinned as he adjusted his sunglasses, "guess I'll be joining you for this quest AJ". Apple Jack nodded, "Ah can use all the help Ah can get, so thanks Fang".
-----Inside of Tiger's prison--------
Tiger felt the familiar thorned vines wrap around his legs, "urgh..." he winced in pain. Lady Dusk's sanctuary had been broken in an instant, "so you thought your little interferance would go unnoticed eh? You thought that you could use your dark talent to protect every pony hmm?" Horizon's voice echoed around Tiger. Tiger smirked and said, "well I did a LOT under your nose didn't I?". A hoof thumped against Tiger's stomach causing him to cough and groan. Horizon materialized in front of Tiger in a flurry of dark particals, "we'll see how smug you are after I'm done pummling you into oblivion, Knight scum, and once I'm through with that... I will end you, you can be sure of that" Horizon said as he drew a long black and white sword and stabbed it into the ground next to Tiger "the Odessa would make quick work of you, but like I said, it is time for some punishment for making a fool out of me!".